Derek is one of those people that you automatically love. He is rough around the edges, but is always there for you no matter what the cost. He is honest, courageous, brave, intelligent and I love him immensely for who he has become. He served in the Marine Corps from 2007 to 2012 and was stationed in Hawaii at MCBH. I met him when he had only a year left of his contract but in the year and a half that I have known him, he has made me a better person, has pushed me to be better. I had such high expectations of what a good man was because of my grandfather, who is a retired Master Chief, it was hard for me to believe that someone as young as him could be as wonderful and caring. He proved me wrong. I love my boyfriend, my marine, my veteran.